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The Must-Do’s You Need for Your Career

As a healthcare professional, there are several ways to be at the top of your game and boost your career prospects. If you are interested in enhancing your professional image, here are some career-boosting tips that you must act on, if you aren’t already.

 

 

1. Update your resume

When priming yourself for career advancement, the most important tool you have is your resume. If it’s been a while since you’ve last updated your resume, take the time to do so, it is one of the must-dos that you should act on right away. Highlight your qualities and add in new achievements, awards, and certifications. Additionally, your online presence will influence your career prospects. Update your LinkedIn profile, maintain a professional headshot, and delete any unprofessional pictures or posts.

Highlight your qualities and add in new achievements, awards, and certifications

 
2.  Know your strengths and weaknesses

In the ever-evolving world of healthcare, it’s all about adaptability and growth. To be on the top of your game, you need to know what you are and aren’t good at. Here are some ways you can do this:

Ask for feedback:

One of the best ways to grow is by simply asking for feedback from your colleagues and healthcare team. It is important to remember that feedback shouldn’t be taken personally, but rather, should be used as opportunities to learn.

Challenge yourself:

Take it upon yourself to give a presentation or learn a new technique. This can not only be a great way to learn a new skill but can also help distinguish yourself among your colleagues.

One of the best ways to grow is by simply asking for feedback

 
3.  Network and make connections

Knowing the right people can make all the difference in medicine and can make your career. If you take the time to find a mentor or strike up conversations, you can make teammates out of strangers. This is a great way to move up the ladder in healthcare.

Know the right people

 
4.  Work on your elevator pitch

People who work in the medical field run into countless people every day. Between patients, allied health professionals, and physicians, you never know who you are going to meet. You will have more of an advantage with potential employers or colleagues if your elevator pitch is clear, concise and captivating.

Make your elevator pitch clear, concise and captivating

 
5.  Have a Plan B

Even if you feel like you are content with your current career path, you never know when a layoff may happen or if a crisis will hit. For this reason, it is imperative to have a working strategy of what to do if you need to resort to plan B. This would include alternative career options and which financial steps to take next.

Have a working strategy of what to do if you need to resort to plan B

 
6.  Save and invest your money

Regardless of where you are in your career, you can gain financial stability by saving money. Set aside a small amount from each paycheck toward your vacation, college, or retirement funds. If you start now, the amount you save up each month will compound, and you’ll have significantly more than you may have expected. Investing in your future will help you in the long run, and you will thank yourself.

Set aside a small amount from each paycheck

Navin Ramchandani, MD
About the author

Dr. Navin Ramchandani is a Medical Doctor, Diagnostician and Owner of R&R Medical Centre in Barbados. He is also an Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS) International instructor with the Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG), and a Pediatric BASIC (Basic Assessment and Support in Intensive Care) international instructor. His passion is diagnosing and treating/helping people with complicated health issues to improve their overall health and quality of life.

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